Is a Metal Roof Worth the Investment?
When researching new roofing options, discerning home-owners should consider more than just the price. We’ve made it easy by breaking down the advantages and disadvantages of having a metal roof, so you know exactly how far your dollar will stretch!
Metal panel roofs give a sleek and classic look all at once while being one of the most reliable roofing systems possible. Odds are that if you’re reading this, your roof is due for an upgrade and you’re considering metal! Metal roofing is considered a premium roofing system, which means you’ll be dishing out more than you would for a typical shingle roof for quality materials and expert installation. If you’re on the fence about splurging, let us help you kickstart your research with our breakdown of pros and cons of a metal roof!
Advantages of Metal Roofing
- Metal panels are highly durable. Metal roofs are tremendously wind and weather resistant, so this eliminates the stress of losing a few tiles or shingles during a storm.
- Metal roof systems have a high capability for fire safety. A metal roof won’t ignite or feed a flame like some traditional roofing materials.
- Metal roofs reflect light, which means lower energy use for you. A roof that reflects sunlight works hard to keep your home cool in summer months, so you may see a drop in energy costs!
- Metal roofs are one of the most long-lasting roof systems available. An expertly installed metal roof can last 40-70 years with minimal need for maintenance!
- Metal is very customizable to suit your ideal look for any home. There are a range of specialty metals to choose from (i.e. copper, zinc, aluminum, etc.) along with paint colors and finishes.
- Metal roofs are erosion-resistant, which is particularly important for coastal climates. Irritants like saltwater and sand in tropical climates can erode traditional roofing materials like shingles much faster than roofs in a dry climate.
- Because metal is a specialty roof material, it is more readily available than traditional materials like shingles. In a building materials shortage, conventional materials have longer lead times which results in a longer wait for your project to start. If you’re ready to hit the ground running on your project, metal will be faster to come by than shingles.
Disadvantages of Metal Roofing
- Metal panels are an expensive material, and hiring a roofer to install with the proper training and resources comes at a cost, as well.
- A metal roof can be noisy during storm events if not insulated well. If you are installing metal on your home in a climate that experiences storms more often, you should consider your insulation options to prepare for the investment.
- Improper installation can cause problems and financial burden in the long run with aspects like expansion and contraction in metal panels. Extra care should be taken when researching experienced roofers to install this roof system.
It’s true that there are more advantages than disadvantages to metal roofing, but every home and home owner’s need are unique. If you still have questions about how metal stacks up with other roofing options for your home, contact or team by clicking below!
By Shelby Zeuli
Shelby joined the Baker Roofing marketing team in April 2021! When she's not on top of roofs trying to get a good angle, she likes to capture portrait photography, skateboard, and watch movies with her dog, Sarge.